LG G5 review: An imperfect start to LG’s modular future

Patrick O'Rourke

March 29, 2016 2:08pm

It’s hard not to admire what LG has attempted to accomplish with the G5.

In many ways, the company needed to do something big with its latest flagship offering. While the G4 was an impressive upgrade over its immediate predecessor, it failed to gain traction against more compelling offerings from the likes of Apple and Samsung.

In the same year the G4 hit the market, Samsung completely revamped its flagship offering with the release of the Galaxy S6, opting for a premium Gorilla Glass 4 body rather than the plastic build of past iterations. In comparison, the G4’s plastic form factor, though it did feature multiple backings, with one even made of leather, felt dated.

When compared to Samsung’s iterative S7 and S7 edge, two devices that look nearly identical to last year’s S6 line, the G5 is a more meaningful upgrade over its predecessor.

Unfortunately, to take an analogy from my former life as a video game reviewer, the G5 is the Assassin’s Creed of the handset world, in the same sense that the first entry in Ubisoft’s AC series featured groundbreaking ideas, but didn’t necessarily mesh into a cohesive and enjoyable gameplay experience. With subsequent releases, Ubisoft built on ideas it established with the first entry in the franchise, creating one of the video game industry’s most revered series (at least for the most part).

In the case of the modular G5, we’re hoping the features LG is testing with its latest flagship smartphone are an indication of what’s to come from the company.

LG G5 specs

    • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with LG UI
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Adreno 530 GPU
    • Unibody design
    • 5.3-inch QHD display
    • 4GB of RAM
    • 32GB of storage, expandable by 128GB via a microSD slot
    • 8MP wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization, 16MP standard lens
    • 8MP front-facing camera
    • Rear mounted fingerprint scanner
    • 2,800mAh battery with quick charging
    • 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm (8mm at its thickest point)
    • Colour options: Silver / Titan / Gold / Pink
    • Weight: 159g
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / USB Type-C) / NFC / Bluetooth 4.2
    • LTE / 3G / 2G

Not so handsome

LG’s latest flagship offering is chock-full of innovative ideas, something we rarely see in the modern smartphone world. As a result, it’s easy to get excited this phone. Unfortunately, many of the G5’s marquee features, namely its often-discussed modular port, don’t pan out as hoped – at least not yet.

While the G5’s design is generally reminiscent of a Nexus 5X with a metallic body, the subtle bump running the circumference of the phone’s fingerprint scanner – which also acts as the lock and power button – as well as its two front-facing cameras, give off the impression of a device that is unrefined.

The same can be said about the phone’s subtly curved upper half and smooth indent running around its exterior. It’s difficult to pinpoint, but something feels off about the G5’s overall aesthetic, and I’m not alone in these thoughts.

When I showed the smartphone to friends and family members, many remarked that LG’s flagship looked “incomplete.” While this opinion of the phone’s aesthetic ultimately comes down to personal taste, place the G5 beside the iPhone 6s or the Galaxy S7, and most people will come to the same conclusion – it’s not a very good looking smartphone.

It’s worth noting, however, that LG’s shift to a metallic body with the G5, is certainly a welcome change for the company. Though, because of its full metal body, the G5 doesn’t support wireless charging. LG has also cleverly hidden the G5’s antenna band inside the device through a new manufacturing technique, something even Apple hasn’t been able to manage with the iPhone.

Is the future modular?

Beyond build, the smartphone’s modular design is the G5’s most significant draw. Current accessories – which LG amusingly calls “Friends” – include the Cam Plus module that turns the smartphone into a point-and-shoot camera, adding a two-stage shutter button, video record switch and zoom wheel, as well as a high-fidelity audio module called the Hi-Fi Plus by Bang & Olufsen.

Unfortunately, the only accessory provided to us by LG for this review was the Cam Plus, so we’re unsure how the G5’s Hi-Fi Plus performs, or the company’s future plans for additional modular accessories.

While I don’t find either of these accessories particularly useful (I briefly went hands-on with the Hi-Fi Plus at the phone’s reveal in Barcelona), and also question the build quality of the Cam Plus, the G5’s modular port has a significant amount of potential.

If third-party accessory manufacturers opt to support the G5’s expansion slot – and the verdict is still out on whether they will or not – this feature could spur a shift in the mobile industry. It’s also a plus that the G5’s battery is removable, a great feature for those who like to carry a spare power-source around, though I question how many people there are out there who still do this.


Hands-on with the Cam Plus

By: Igor Bonifacic

While a lot of early discussion on the G5 will focus, understandably so, on its modular design, it’s this phone’s camera package that will likely create a lasting impression on most people.

After using the G5 for a couple of days, I can safely say it will be a shame if more smartphone makers don’t adopt its dual rear-facing camera setup.

It starts with the G5’s standard 16-megapixel, f/1.8 camera, which, while not the best shooter I’ve used on a smartphone, is capable of taking excellent looking photos. With both laser autofocus and optical image stabilization on board, pictures turn out crisp and clear, and there’s virtually no delay between hitting the shutter button and the phone snapping a photo.

The star of the show, however, is the G5’s second 135-degree wide-angle camera. This 8-megapixel, f/2.4 shooter opens up so many new creative possibilities when shooting an image. With it’s wider outlook on the world, I found this camera encouraged me to think about framing and composition in a way I had never thought of before with a standard smartphone camera. There’s a slight fisheye effect apparent with photos taken with this camera, but, for the most part, the results are great.

Special mention must be also given to the LG camera app.

The first time you switch between the G5’s two rear-facing cameras is a wow moment. Thanks to the onboard Snapdragon 820 processor, the transition between the different cameras is nearly seamless. The app also features one of the best manual modes I’ve had the pleasure of using on a phone. Adjusting exposure settings like aperture, shutter speed and ISO is simple and intuitive.

Where the G5 trails behinds some other smartphone cameras we’ve seen hit the market recently is in low-light performance.

Overall, the G5’s sensor does a decent job of capturing photos where lighting conditions are less than ideal. Partway through the review process, I took several photos during an overcast day in Toronto. In all of the images taken that day digital noise is apparent throughout; it’s even more noticeable in the photos I took with the G5’s wide-angle lens. This is not to say the photos were unusable, but the results were a bit disappointing after playing around with the Galaxy S7, which is exceptional at capturing photos in low light.

That said, the creative possibilities the G5’s dual camera setup creates more than makes up for its other short comings. This phone’s camera package will be a revelation to many people, especially for those who have never dabbled in more advanced photography.

As for the Cam Plus, the camera module LG is launching alongside the G5, it’s less exciting. The issue with it is it never fully commits to giving the user all the controls they need to snap the perfect photo. On even the most entry-level DSLR cameras, separate knobs allow one to adjust settings like aperture, shutter speed and ISO. This is not the case with the Cam Plus.

LG could have easily added several more buttons and knobs to its photography-focused G5 module; instead, anyone who buys this accessory will have to settle for a dedicated shutter button, a zoom wheel that allows easy switching between the G5’s two back-facing cameras, and another dedicated button for starting and stopping video recordings. This is fine if all you intend to do is use the G5’s auto camera mode to take photos, but for everything else, including adjusting capture settings like aperture, shutter speed and ISO, you’ll still need to change those options via the phone’s touchscreen.

I don’t mean to overstate this point, but it truly is disappointing what a missed opportunity the CAM Plus represents. Ultimately, anyone who buys the G5 will have to ask themselves whether it makes sense to spend $100 on what amounts to a glorified battery pack that happens to have a couple of analog camera controls on the side.

High-end, competitive hardware

As for specs, like most recently released Android devices – notably the Galaxy S7, the G5’s direct 2016 competitor in the high-end Android space – LG’s latest flagship device comes stacked with powerful hardware.

The G5 features a vibrant 5.3-inch (down from 5.5 inches in the G4) 2560-1440 pixel QHD display (just above the S7’s 5.1-inch screen in terms of size), 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, USB Type-C, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 and a 2800mAh battery. The one downside in terms of the G5 specs surprisingly comes in the software department.

The G5’s Android skin, while sleek, can’t match the power of stock Android (not sure power is the right word here), and even lacks the standard app drawer featured in almost every other build. It’s worth pointing out, however, that this issue is easily circumvented by utilizing a different Android Launcher. Furthermore, a recent promotional video released by LG actually seems to feature an app drawer, though its return has not been confirmed by the company. So it’s possible the app drawer could be make a comeback by the time the G5 hits retail.

Then there’s the always-on display, which in our tests, seemed to expend the same amount of battery life as the S7’s continuously on screen, amounting to just a few percent per hour. There are, however, a few differences between both flagship’s always-on displays. Unlike the S7’s screen, the G5’s always-on glass is more customizable, allowing notifications from third-party apps like WhatsApp and Gmail. This results in the feature being more useful, though it’s still not very compelling.

It’s also worth noting that because the G5’s display is an IPS screen, every pixel needs to be lit up slightly for the always-on display to operate, resulting in it being more noticeable and distracting. This does, however, come with some benefits. Because the G5’s screen utilizes IPS technology, the information present on the always-on display it able remain static, removing the burn in risk stemming from AMOLED screens.

On the hardware side of things, LG’s latest smartphone is an extremely powerful device that’s able to go head-to-head with Samsung’s S7 and even Apple’s iPhone 6s, though our pre-release build of the G5 did suffer from a few software-related crashes.


Cool ideas that don’t pan out

So there’s a lot to unpack when it comes to the G5 and a number of questions that still need answering. Will more “Friends” accessories be announced, and are third-party manufacturers even interested in releasing accessories for the phone? Also, does the retail release of LG’s Android skin really feature an app drawer.

It’s largely still unclear if LG’s modular bet will actually pay off, despite its undeniable cool factor. While it could be a game changer, at launch, LG’s “Friends” don’t have much to offer. Furthermore, though the G5’s second shooter is undeniably compelling, these days a smartphone’s aesthetic is often the differentiating purchasing factor for the average consumer, and unfortunately, the G5 is a visual disappointment.

All of these factors combine to make the $799 CAD G5 a difficult smartphone to recommend, at least at launch.


      • Camera is impressive, especially secondary wide-angle shooter
      • Metallic body is a welcome shift for LG
      • Always-on display is customizable
      • Modular port could evolve into something great


      • Design looks “unfinished”
      • Strange software quirks
      • Build quality and value of Cam Plus is questionable
      • Unclear how many modular accessories will be released

Update #1 o4/27/16: After getting our hands on the production model of the G5, we’ve concluded that camera performance is identical to the pre-production unit. The build quality, however, feels slightly improved and more polished, resulting in the retail G5 giving the impression of a higher quality smartphone. Overall we stand by our original impressions of the G5.

Update #2 03/29/16: It looks like the app drawer is making a return in LG G5’s stock user interface dubbed UX 5.0.

Igor Bonifacic also contributed to this review. 

Note: We plan to release an updated hands-on review of the G5 a few months from now when many of the above questions have hopefully been answered. Our review of the G5 was put together after going hands-on with a pre-production build of the smartphone.

Related reading: Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge review: An act of refinement

  • samsvoc

    I’ll be getting the G5 next month. Nice review, thanks.

    • Jaycap4

      Me as well, very excited.

    • Jordan

      I tested one out this past weekend and I got a solid 24 hours out of it streaming music, constant Twitter and snap chat, and high brightness w/ 360 wallpaper. Not to mention the fact it charges from 5% to full in an hour.

  • duwenbasden

    Instead of just using the USB port for accessory mods, LG went the laptop modular bay route from years back. So it basically means
    – Good luck finding anything for it
    – Have fun paying an arm and a leg for it.
    – Probably be obsolete within the year.

    Otherwise, good on you for keeping that removable battery. 😀 That I like.

    • That’s my biggest concern with the success of the G5, insofar that its standout feature is the modular design. By using proprietary connections, this means that the Friends will likely be incompatible with the G6, and thus you’re dropping potentially hundreds of dollars on accessories that won’t last beyond the phone’s lifetime. It’s fine to spend $100 on good headphones because they’re versatile, but $100 on a hi-fi audio module? Or a camera grip? That’s expecting a bit much.

    • GCHQ

      They will be compatible.

    • Jaycap4

      Yeah the 360 camera thing is just bluetooth connected.

    • GCHQ


    • Simon

      You should know.

  • Nez Alarcon

    the G5 camera is the best so far for a smartphone!!! excited to get one!!

    • neo905

      That’s not really saying much since we are only 3 months into the year. I doubt you will be saying that by the end of the year.

    • Dennis Deveaux

      Not in low-light.

    • It’s a decent camera, but can’t match the S7’s low-light performance.

    • Nez Alarcon

      of course because the s7 has 1.7 aperture. it is not only at night that we take pictures but any time of the day. and that is where LG stands out. its what you can do with the camera.

    • GCHQ

      Digital Trends :

      The G5’s camera is absolutely fantastic, and we can’t stop taking pictures with it. The sensor is almost identical to the V10, with 16-megapixels and an f/1.8 aperture, plus laser autofocus and optical image stabilization. It also copies the V10’s dual-lens selfie cam trick, but here, the two sensors are on the back.

      The first camera provides a regular view of the world, while the second gives an expanded 135-degree wide-angle view, providing ample opportunity for creativity. They’re used independently of each other, unless you activate a special pop-out mode, where the two viewpoints are meshed together to create weird hybrids. It’s a feature that won’t be used that often, but can produce fun collages, if you’re patient.

      Using the wide-angle lens is addictive. It changes the camera view completely, and changes the way you think about framing, composition, and focal points. Get it right, and the results looks superb, especially when taking pictures of vistas and wide-open spaces. There is a slight fish-eye effect to the G5’s wide-angle pictures, but again, provided you put some thought into the final image, it’s not distracting.

      LG has included its incredibly easy-to-use manual mode for the G5, where ISO, shutter speed, focus, and white balance can be adjusted. It’s the most user-friendly manual mode we’ve used, and it never feels like you’re going to make a terrible mess of things when fiddling around with the settings. You’ll find yourself using it to tweak pictures rather than setting it to auto, due to its simplicity.

      Low light performance is superb.

    • Cool?

    • Simon

      Go read the review of the G5 just posted on Androidpolice… The tittle sums it up: LG G5 Review: A Bit Of A Mess, Frankly.
      Now go troll on their forum for a while since you are so hell bent on defending a phone you didn’t even use once.

    • Simon

      Why don’t you finish the sentence? It’s not so “superb” once you read the rest of it:
      Low light performance is superb. Even using auto mode, it slowed the shutter speed down to a point where a tripod was needed to steady the shot and eliminate blur. Switching to manual mode compensated for the circumstances, but the picture wasn’t as good as it could have been. The software wasn’t final on the G5 we used, so we’ll update this review when we’ve used the complete version.

      So they are saying it’s superb even though they had motion blur or had to switch to manual. Humm…

  • grantdude

    “The S7’s Android skin, while sleek, can’t match the power of stock Android ”
    You mean G5 right?

    • Indeed I do. Thanks for pointing that out!

    • robinottawa

      (Ps thx for the note on a previous thread about this review.)

    • No problem!

    • blueadept1

      This review is horribly lazy-sounding. It also makes it sound like there is no app drawer – which LG has already shown is available in settings. The review also mentions the “B&O Speaker”, which is a DAC, not a speaker.

    • Again, we didn’t get to go hands-on with the B&O module (LG didn’t send us one). My experience with it consists of about 5 minutes at LG’s launch in Barcelona. The app drawer information was released just as this review went live.

    • southerndinner

      That DAC is also going to be about $400 so it hardly matters

  • The modular design is definitely an innovative move. However, I can’t see this as the future of mobile industry, at least for smartphones. I don’t think many people would want to carry around different modules in their pocket and switch it back and forth. It is definitely cumbersome and is for the niche market. Consumers seem to want things more easy and simple but the modular design is the opposite direction.

    • Brad Fortin

      I think you’re confusing innovation with invention.

    • You don’t invent designs. Also modularity isn’t a new thing, so not an invention?

    • Brad Fortin

      Then it’s neither a new invention nor an innovation.

    • wouldn’t you say this is an innovative move? Innovative doesn’t mean it has to be successful. When Motorola first put a fingerprint scanner on their phone, that was innovative though it wasn’t successful.

    • Brad Fortin

      The definition of innovation is “a new idea, product, method, etc”. Since the idea of a modular phone isn’t new it doesn’t fit the definition.

    • What phone/company has tried this so far?

    • Brad Fortin

      Handspring had the Springboard Expansion Slot back in 1999. They had modules for cameras, memory, audio, USB, barcode scanner, etc.

      And, while not partially-internal like the G5, iPhones have been doing this for years thanks to the 30-pin dock connector and later the Lightning connector, offering extra batteries, camera modules, audio, USB, barcode scanner, etc.

      I think Google’s Accessory Development Kit could have helped bring this sort of thing to other devices but I haven’t heard much about it since 2012.

    • robinottawa

      Good comment. But I disagree completely. Despite the missed opportunity described by Igor re the cam module, I would love if, in these times of standardization, we could get our preferred specializations this way.

      They need more parts modularized, not fewer.

  • Will

    how is battery life compared to the S7? Does it come close or match on one full charge? Also isnt the B&O module a DAC & amp? Does it have an improved speaker (over the stock) on it as well?

    • We didn’t get to go hands-on with the B&O module unfortunately (LG didn’t send us one). I’d say battery life is comparable to the S7 (in my experience the phone lasted about a full day).

    • Will

      Thanks, thats encouraging to hear. I was worried that battery life would be poor on one battery and thus having 2 was a necessity, not a luxury

    • Jack Jennings

      No speaker on the B&O DAC, just so you know…

    • Will

      Thanks, thats what I thought.

  • ciderrules

    Can you hot swap the camera? Or does the phone restart when changing? Is this the same for other modules?

    • Igor Bonifacic

      You can’t hot swap the Cam Plus module. You have to pull out the battery each time you switch modules. Also, LG recommends you fully turn off your device if you have microSD card installed so that you don’t accidentally corrupt your data.

    • Will

      99% sure that none of the modules are hot swappable; altho apparently the phone boots up very quickly so i would imagine the whole process takes no more than 1 min

  • Brad Fortin

    My biggest gripe is that swapping modules also pulls out the battery. Why didn’t they detach the battery from the module so that the modules were hot-swappable? Seems like an egregious oversight.

    • Dennis Deveaux

      The reason is because the battery would have then been non-removeable, and everyone would have started moaning about it.

    • Brad Fortin

      They could have kept it in the same place and put the same kind of push-to-eject mechanism they have for SD card slots and tray-less SIM slots.

    • Yea, this definitely is an issue. What you’re suggesting would have made way more sense for LG to implement.

  • Again, I can’t tell if it’s just me or the pictures being compressed by the browser (as someone had mentioned in response to my comment in an earlier article). Looking at the second sets of photos for example of the graffitti on the wall. There are parts of the photo that look like they have some sort of pastel-blur filter on it. Then again, maybe I haven’t been looking at my photos off my phone on a larger screen often enough to notice that this might just be a common thing

    • It’s likely your browser, on our end they look pretty great, though that noise Igor mentions is definitely present under low-light conditions.

  • ChrisPollard77

    If this had been an Apple idea instead of LG’s, I’d love to read what the press would be saying about it. I’m sure revolutionary and magical would get thrown around a lot. But this is LG, so it’s sure to be crap, right?

    That said, I’m not a fan of the G5, and I LOVE my G4. As others have mentioned, the accessories surely won’t be compatible with future LG phones, because they integrate part of the phone’s overall design. I also agree that the design is lackluster. Then again, I’m not a fan of the current generation of “metal all the things” design. Although I dislike the all-glass approach even less. Do we really need phones that are even MORE fragile?

    I think the G5 is going to be a fail for LG, which is a shame, because they’re going to pay a steep price for trying to break the molds and actually innovate. Then again, look at what happened to HTC with ultrapixels … that everyone is finally starting to make a move towards.

    • jay

      Well apple is more North America. Sure they selling a lot phones but Android is still everywhere. Same with Samsung they selling big time in Asia and Europe.

    • If this was an Apple product I would have said the exact same thing. With that said, Apple would never take a chance like this with the modular stuff like LG is with the G5.

    • Jon Duke

      I agree. I think your reviews and opinions are fair when it comes to which platform is better at what.

      I also agree with Chris that other medias would be all over those modules if it came from Apple. The Hollywood stars would use them, they’d get a fancy professional photograph to take pictures with the camera module.. it would be suddenly big. But it came from LG.. so you know…

    • GCHQ

      They will be compatible

    • RJay Mirosovsky

      If Apple did this it wouldn’t be such a gamble. Manufactures are will ton take more of a risk on a phone that sells 30 million plus. They won’t gamble on the G5, the G4 was a poor seller compared to other android devices. It’s not with them to invest in making moduals for a phone that prbablye will have a hard time breaking 10 million here in North America. I’m not saying it’s a bad device by any means but it’s to much of a gamble. Apple is a sure bet. Make something for an iPhone and it’ll pretty much sell itself.

  • jay

    Really interested in the G5 and usually they drop in price very soon. Think after three month 49$ on contract or so

  • sachouba

    Nice review, even though it could have been a bit more organised.
    It’s a pity that there is not word about battery life, but I like the rest of the review.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! We’ll do our best to organize it more next time 😉

  • GCHQ

    “Our review of the G5 was put together after going hands-on with a pre-production build of the smartphone”

    You can’t make a review with a pre-production build of the G5 .
    The G5 takes amazing pictures in low-light .
    “I took several photos during an overcast day in Toronto” WTF
    You are not a Pro.

    • Jack Jennings

      To be fair, most reviews are done with pre-production (well, promo) units. Across the board too – websites want to get their reviews up first, and for the amount of changes between review units and final models it’s worth it. Bear in mind that LG wouldn’t send a crap unit to a reviewer, that just doesn’t make sense.

    • GCHQ


    • Jack Jennings

      By that definition, every review you’ll read is clickbait until they start doing the ‘three months with the x’ style editorials down the line – personally I’d argue that they’re more clickbait-y.

    • An overcast day is low-light? Not really sure what you’re trying to say with that statement. LG sent us a pre-production model for review so we worked with what we had available to us. Once we get our hands on a retail model we plan to release an update to this review.

      Also, fyi, most reviews are done with pre-production models. Our S7 review for example was put together based on our experience with an S7 and S7 edge pre-production phone.

    • GCHQ

      Partway through the review process, I took several photos during an overcast day in Toronto.

    • GCHQ: Your point being? Overcast is low-light.

    • GCHQ

      You are not a Pro because you took photos during an overcast day.

    • Get better at trolling. You don’t even make sense.

    • Simon

      Can an admin please ban this kid?

  • GCHQ

    Not so handsome = Patrick

    • Simon

      Troll much?

    • GCHQ

      Stfu Simon !

    • Simon

      Yup… And this sums up your maturaty level. Troll

    • southerndinner

      Bad troll job

    • Na. I’m handsome and i know it.

    • GCHQ

      You need glasses

  • Jay Bell

    Great review. Appreciate the honest info you guys provide.

  • Ronald

    A pre-production G5 in the review?

    • GCHQ



    The Galaxy S7 is going to be hard for anyone to beat. It is far and away the best phone ever made. I suspect that LG, HTC and Apple are going to suffer as a result. If the G5 is the first competitor, seems Samsung is 1 for 3 so far.

  • Rethcork

    Pre Production phone and accessories? Seems short sighted to use that for a final review… Hope a new set of eyes and hands do the review again with a final production unit…

    • I think that’s an issue on LG’s end rather than ours. We worked with what was made available to us. Also, the end of the review states that we plan to revisit the phone a few months from now when we will likely have retail units available to us.

    • robinottawa

      People really picking up on that. Other reviewers don’t mention that detail?

  • thereasoner

    I don’t know why the design is being criticized, this is the best looking G model from LG I’ve seen.

    • It comes down to personal preference. You liked the aesthetic but I don’t (and it’s totally cool that you do!). I actually showed the phone to some friends who were really fond of its build.

  • Brad Forbes

    Has any with the G3 received notification to download M yet ?

  • Jake Gyllenhaal

    They had such a good design with g3 with really slim bezels. Just keeps looking worse each year.

    • Jon Duke

      I tend to agree. I got the G3 and really loved the design. That’s why I was very disappointing in the G4 and waited to upgrade. The G5 got a smaller screen with a lower design quality. I left LG alltogether.

  • antonio

    THe review is mostly fine, but why does he try so much to express that he dislikes the design of the phone, that is very personal and subjective, I love the design of the phone, hate the glossy gorilla body from samsung and others, hate the leather version on G4 and other phones have metal bodies, so I don’t get his fixation to point out he dislikes the design.

    • Well, the inherent concept of a “review” is the writer/video creator’s personal taste. While you can mention that others may have differing opinions (which I do), ultimately a review would not be honest if it didn’t consist of my own opinion.

    • robinottawa

      You can’t do more than:
      1. Say it’s subjective
      2. Provide context
      You did.

  • Man, this review was really thin.

    • I’m sorry you feel that way. What would you have liked to see more information about?

  • Mo Dabbas

    This is a great review. Bold and straightforward.

  • Longtin

    LG is definitely catching up to Samsung. Since the G3 they’ve been superior in my opinion. They even won Device of the year by the professionals over CES. Like you already mentioned it’s honestly personal preference at the end of the day. The G5 is a lot more affordable for the value it gives you. If anyone goes Apple or Samsung they are going for the brand name and their marketing tactics. You’re being psychologically tricked. Think about it. What does the S7 do that the G5 can’t do? Data? Apps? Call? Text?

    Again like you said it’s personal prefrence but again there is no additional value being given by Samsung or Apple when you buy their flagship devices. Overpriced, they used their brand name to their advantage. Why do you think the S7 and S7 edge or 0 and 99 on a 2yr? Because they knew for a fact the devices wouldn’t of sold 399,499 respectively on a 2yr. Greed. People are more authentic than before, have more access to information than before finally people can make educated decisions. If you’re getting a S7 or iPhone and you think you are getting the Lamborghini of Phones your are sadly mistaken.

    The only thing that Samsung and Apple does better is make the phone “look” better.

  • Homer

    I agree — I really don’t like the design of the G5 at all.

    • I definitely feel you on that one. I think the design has a significant amount of potential but something just feels off about it.

  • robinottawa

    Great review. Answered all my questions. Thanks.

    1. I am gobsmacked about the price. Is it really worth that much? Because of the dollar?

    2. I’m glad to see innovation in the camera dept. Now if only SOMEONE would provide some zoom!

    • Will

      1. Funny enough, its actually selling for $630USD, which is about ~$815CAD, so we’re getting a tiny discount (although seems like US carrier module promotions are better). Fortunately its still 100CAD cheaper than the S7, and 200 vs the S7e, although I’m sure with sales and promotions in the future it wont really matter

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  • jay

    Wondering what Developer do with the friends. There are so many good thing they would be able to do but I don’t think for LG.

  • GCHQ

    The G5’s camera is absolutely fantastic, and we can’t stop taking pictures with it. The sensor is almost identical to the V10, with 16-megapixels and an f/1.8 aperture, plus laser autofocus and optical image stabilization. It also copies the V10’s dual-lens selfie cam trick, but here, the two sensors are on the back.

    The first camera provides a regular view of the world, while the second gives an expanded 135-degree wide-angle view, providing ample opportunity for creativity.

    Using the wide-angle lens is addictive. It changes the camera view completely, and changes the way you think about framing, composition, and focal points. Get it right, and the results looks superb, especially when taking pictures of vistas and wide-open spaces.

    LG has included its incredibly easy-to-use manual mode for the G5, where ISO, shutter speed, focus, and white balance can be adjusted. It’s the most user-friendly manual mode we’ve used, and it never feels like you’re going to make a terrible mess of things when fiddling around with the settings. You’ll find yourself using it to tweak pictures rather than setting it to auto, due to its simplicity.

    Low light performance is superb.

    Digital Trends

  • Techguru86

    It’s not a good review considering a real device was not allowed for daily use, especially when it comes to the camera, Android cameras are far superior to IPhone because they do far more then simple picture taking, even my M7 still does more then newer IPhones

  • Kalen G

    Decided to see how it felt and was considerably disappointed in the feel and build quality. Plus, that screen was not up to par with offerings from Samsung and even Apple.